Fans share superstitions ahead of Cowboys playoff game

Jonathan Boyd is going all out for the Dallas Cowboys’ NFC playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday.

Allen’s fire chief and his brother-in-law, Josh Eason, are longtime Cowboys fans and, like many North Texans, are thrilled their team has made the playoffs.

Texan barbecue and chili on Dallas Cowboys game days? No. Brothers-in-law Jonathan Boyd and Josh Eason have used culinary reverse psychology to help propel the Cowboys forward this season. They made lobster rolls and lobster soup for the “Boys” game against the New England Patriots, birria tacos for their game against the Los Angeles Chargers, and cheese and bacon burgers for their game against the Carolina Panthers.

Since 2005, Boyd and Eason have been hosting what they call the “Cowboy Cookup” on game days. But this season, they’ve added a new element to the meals they prepare for family and friends.

“We came up with the idea of ​​where we’re going to theme our meals around the city of the opponent,” Boyd, 48, said. famous for.”

For the Cowboys’ Oct. 17 game against the New England Patriots, the pair made lobster rolls. Elk burgers headlined the menu on Nov. 7, when the Denver Broncos were in town. And for the Cowboys’ first matchup against the Washington football team, Boyd and Eason had a popular local restaurant ship them some of their chili and sausage so they could mimic the signature dish of the establishment.

“Our theory is that the more work we put into our game plan, the better the Cowboys play,” Boyd said.

Boyd and Eason at work in the kitchen, where trying to score wins for the Cowboys has been a tradition since 2005.
Boyd and Eason at work in the kitchen, where trying to score wins for the Cowboys has been a tradition since 2005.(Courtesy)

Boyd said the theory was proven in the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving game against the Las Vegas Raiders, when Dallas lost by a field goal in overtime.

“It was kind of a failure not only on our part, but the Cowboys didn’t have a good game plan either,” he said. “Vegas is hard to put together because what are they famous for? Sideboards. We kind of took the easy way out and said Thanksgiving food was like a buffet. And of course, it ended up being a loss. We made sure we weren’t going to do it again. »

After much research, Boyd said he and Eason decided Sunday’s meal would consist of mission-style burritos and cioppino, a type of seafood stew.

Boyd said while he hopes they can find the perfect formula for which game day meal results in a Cowboys win, the most important thing is that the game brings people together.

“The goal is to have fun and get family and friends together for the game,” he said. “I think food is a great way to do that.”

“I don’t throw it away”

Nalini Mullur takes the opposite approach – the Allen resident doesn’t eat or drink during the game and stays in one place in the house while the team plays.

“I don’t sit during the game, only during commercials,” she said. “I make my husband sit in the same place; he cannot move. If they’re not doing very well, I move my space a bit from left to right and have him sit in another chair. But otherwise we start with the same chair and in the same place.

Mullur, 67, also has an outfit she considers lucky every season. Usually, the outfit of the season is the one she wears for the first game.

Left: Nalini Mullur's game day outfit is pajamas and ultimately a Colorado t-shirt.  That shirt might have a few holes in it, but Muller doesn't care because the Cowboys have had a solid season and she thinks her game-day clothes and other rituals are partly to the credit.  Right: When she attends Cowboys games in person, Mullur's attire is a little more Texan.
Left: Nalini Mullur’s game day outfit is pajamas and ultimately a Colorado t-shirt. That shirt might have a few holes in it, but Muller doesn’t care because the Cowboys have had a solid season and she thinks her game-day clothes and other rituals are partly to the credit. Right: When she attends Cowboys games in person, Mullur’s attire is a little more Texan.(Courtesy)

This year, the outfit is old-fashioned pajamas — a blue t-shirt with the Colorado flag and faded green pants printed with blue and purple flowers.

“My whole family is like, ‘Throw the t-shirt away,'” she said with a laugh. “I said, ‘No, it’s a lucky t-shirt for the season. I don’t throw it away.

If the team wins while wearing the outfit, it becomes lucky. But even if they lose, she still wears the outfit for the season, she said.

“If they lose, I wash it right away,” she said. “If I wash the outfit, then all the bad luck goes away. When I take it out of the dryer, it’s a new outfit for me.

Everything revolves around the ‘juju’

Dallas resident Stephanie Hedderich has a similar ritual when it comes to game day outfits. The 50-year-old has been a lifelong Cowboys fan, but has become superstitious in recent years.

For the past three seasons, Hedderich said, she and her friend Melissa Morrison have stuck to specific outfits on game day to try and help the team.

“If we win a game wearing a particular outfit, we make sure to wear it again next week,” she said. “If something was not going our way, we change it a bit. But we have been consistent this season with the same team, and we have had a very good season.

Left: Converse comes in several styles, but only one will suit friends Stephanie Hedderich and Melissa Morrison on Cowboys game days.  Right: Hedderich with his dog, Winston.  Yes, he has his own game day outfit.  But don't laugh.  This carefully selected piece of clothing, Hedderich is sure, has helped the Cowboys
Left: Converse comes in several styles, but only one will suit friends Stephanie Hedderich and Melissa Morrison on Cowboys game days. Right: Hedderich with his dog, Winston. Yes, he has his own game day outfit. But don’t laugh. This carefully selected piece of clothing, Hedderich is sure, has helped the Cowboys “terrier” rise in competition this year.(Courtesy)

Hedderich’s outfit this year is a white and gray long-sleeved shirt with a Cowboys logo, blue jeans with knee tears, and custom Cowboys-themed Converse shoes. She also wears three bracelets – blue, silver and gold – as well as hoop earrings and a necklace.

She added that this season’s outfit is team color coordinated right down to her underwear.

“We always joke that we’re just as much part of the team as the actual players and coaches, because it really comes down to his shoes or the kind of juju we put on,” Hedderich said.

Never too young!

Christina Goldberg was born and raised in Dallas and has been a lifelong Cowboys fan.

Goldberg, 38, said she had no superstitions about game days – until her 4-month-old daughter Claire received a pink jumpsuit strewn with soccer balls.

Oh baby, the Cowboys have been good this season!  And Christina Goldberg hopes that with her baby girl Claire Goldberg snuggled up safely in her lucky football suit, the team can pull off another win on Sunday to keep their season alive.  It would give the whole family, including older sister Meg, something to really smile about!
Oh baby, the Cowboys have been good this season! And Christina Goldberg hopes that with her baby girl Claire Goldberg snuggled up safely in her lucky football suit, the team can pull off another win on Sunday to keep their season alive. It would give the whole family, including older sister Meg, something to really smile about!(Courtesy)

“Halfway through the season, she finally fit in,” she said. “We started to realize that the games she wasn’t carrying were the games they were losing. … It kind of became a joke that we had to put on. And now we really think it’s a door. -happiness.

Goldberg said his family is making sure the lucky suit is washed and ready in time for kickoff against the 49ers.

“We’ll make sure he’s ready to go before Sunday,” she said. “Hopefully they can get a win.”

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